Quick proposal stands the test of time

William and Pamela Wappett will celebrate 60 years of marriage on Thursday July 26.
William and Pamela Wappett will celebrate 60 years of marriage on Thursday July 26.

A COUPLE who spent around a fortnight together before getting engaged celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary yesterday.

William ‘Bill’ Wappett met his wife to be, Pamela, while leaving The Wine Vaults, in Abbeygate Street, Bury St Edmunds, in 1950.

William and Pamela Wappett will celebrate 60 years of marriage on Thursday July 26.

William and Pamela Wappett will celebrate 60 years of marriage on Thursday July 26.

“I didn’t even get a kiss and a cuddle that night,” joked the 84-year-old.

Soon after, Bill, who was serving with the Royal Northumberland Fusiliers based at Bury’s Blenheim Barracks, was sent to Korea as a stretcher bearer.

But he was discharged in 1952 after being seriously ill with epidemic haemorrhagic fever and went straight to see Pam, his pen pal of two years, ‘popping the question’ while on a train.

Bill said: “I knew her for a fortnight and three days before I proposed. She caught my eye and that was it.”

The couple, of Gage Close, Bury, were wed at St Edmundsbury Cathedral and visited Buckingham Palace three days later, when Bill was awarded the Military Medal for bravery.

They have four children and ‘lots of lovely grandchildren and great grandchildren’, too.

“We share everything – we have always worked as a partnership,” said Pam, 78, of their success.

“There’s no mine and hers,” agreed Bill, adding, “we have enjoyed our life together but to say we haven’t had any arguments would be codswallop.”